Geese Floating

Stately Canada Geese float

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Serene.

As I was thinking about another image for this week, my mind gravitated toward an image from more than 10 years ago, during a wonderful Autumn afternoon. As the light was slowly diminishing, I sensed that there might be some magic happening near the Quinapoxet river in my home town of West Boylson.

When I got there, I was not the only photographer, as several tripods were on the bridge. So I made the decision to get down to the waterline, if only to get a different vantage point. Shooting just a foot above the water, I was rewarded by these Canada Geese, who floated majestically. Slowly, they moved, as I photographed them, until finally, on shot 34, they aligned as seen here.

Here’s that serene moment…

Geese on the Quinapoxet

Persistence does pay, even if you have to wait for geese to do your bidding ūüôā

Have a wonderful day!

The more things change

Beauty of transformation

The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.

Transformation is something that surrounds us at all times, as the pace of change in the world around us can at times be breakneck and at other times be glacial. One of the most enjoyable areas of change for me is the constant flow of the seasons, particular the one that I like best: Autumn.

Autumn is that one season when we get to take a deep breath after the heat of Summer dissipates and before our breath is taken away by the frigid temperatures of Winter. Add the beauty of the leaves colors in New England and we have  perfect season!

Here’s a view of this change…

Autumn Serenity

A soft look at the light playing through the leaves…

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. not sure what happened to the text yesterday…

Beautiful Fungus

Forest floor magic

The WordPress Daily Prompt brings the focus on the lonely Mushroom. This brought me immediately to an image that I captured a number of years ago.

Mushrooms always have a bit of mystery surrounding them, as they can often be attractive, delicious and deadly… ¬†A thorough understanding of the lowly fungus is not something that many of us possess, which causes most to give the mushroom a wide berth. ¬†While I‚Äôm not a student of mycology, I do appreciate the beauty that mushrooms often posses, as they appear on forest floors, trees and many other locations that sometimes seem incongruent with growth.

Here‚Äôs one of these little beauties…

The Gentle Mushroom

A chance encounter, as I tend to keep an eye out for anything interesting to capture, causing me to get down to a lower level, so that I could get a proper view of the wonderful structure of this mushroom.

Have a wonderful day!

All is Temporary

Fleeting moments…

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Temporary. ¬†If there is anything that might cause me to wax philosophical, this may be it ūüôā

Many things in our lives are just temporary, as indeed our lives are just that.  This is probably one of the reasons that, as humans, we are so intrigued, and even enchanted, by those things that extend across the ages.  Measured against our short existence, they stand the test of time, seeing across the ages.  We can wonder what we would have seen, given that much time.

On the other end of the spectrum is the very temporary..


The beauty of the structure of a dandelion head gone to seed is one of delicate construction that is all too temporary, waiting for the next puff of wind!

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of philosophizing and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 80

The sky was not the limit!

Welcome to the 80th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This week saw many of you looking up to the sky where you found lots of inspiration!

The variety of images underscores the creativity of each and every one of you!  You shared some stunning images, each with their own special aspects, and I was truly stunned by a number of your photos, which captured the theme in all its power!

Thank you all for great posts that gave me lots of pleasure in reading them!

Sometimes the sky can present some wondrous patterns…

Sunrise Streaks

This Yoga Tree image was taken on one of those wonderful early Winter mornings, when the air is crisp and the rising Sun holds the promise of a perfect day.  The variation of air speeds in different layers in the atmosphere created some interesting cloud formations, making for a shot that contains both beauty and form.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

    • Sarah kicked us off with lovely brooding skies over Auckland in¬†By Sarah; she also create a second post with a beautifully reflected sky in By Sarah, which has a great set of leading lines in the image!
    • Ed presents a variety of skies in his post in¬†In my Mind’s Eye, one of which has an awesome over-sized golfball!
    • Xenia also brings us a pair of posts; the first in whippetwisdom brings us wonderful vistas that include Lock Linnhe, a tanka and whippets! ¬†The second entry in whippetwisdom is in the Nevis range and has a great haiku!
    • ladyleemanilla has viewed the sky from lots of angles and with lots of interesting scenes; her range of images are fantastic!
    • Maria’s entry in citySonnet has stunning views of the sky with lots of intriguing cloud formations!
    • Poetry in Pictures¬†brings us very cool skies, including one that contains last week’s theme: a bird!
    • Gwenny’s sky photos in Field Notes from Over the Hill¬†have amazing views, including a couple of arcs!
    • This week, pensivity101 shares fantastic skies from sunrise to sunset!
    • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra brings us some rather gray skies, which are lightened up by a new dog! ¬†Petra also has a project in another blog, where she has photographed the sky every day since April 2012: Petra’s Himmelsbilder; you’ll want to check this out!!!
    • Stella’s selection of skies in¬†Giggles & Tales¬†are stunning! ¬†I particularly love the reflection; which one of her photos is your favorite?
    • This week,¬†theonlyD800inthehameau¬†has a beautifully photographed Sun silhoetting trees in the Sir Bani Yas game reserve in Abu Dhabi!
    • In Arizona Mary Photos, we’re treated to a great array of cloud-filled skies with interesting shapes!
    • In his blog Swaash, Swathi brings us wonderful skies from his visit to his grand ma’s house, which he clearly enjoyed very much!
    • Cee presents us with gorgeous skies in her entry in her awesome blog, Cee’s Photography!
    • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking has a stunning combination of wondrous poem and great vistas in his photography!
    • In Chateaux des Fleurs we get a view of the Brooklyn Bridge with a great sky, which would definitely increase its sale price!
    • Candace photographs the United States flag against a beautiful sky in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; great post!
    • Robert’s photo in¬†Photo Robert’s Blog¬†is a fantastic shot of the sky reflected in a puddle on the street!
    • In Magic and Beauty we are treated to some interesting urban vistas with cool skies!
    • Miriam brings us skies and views from Oregon and California in a great post¬†the Shower of Blessing.
    • Debbie’s photos in this week’s entry in her blog Travel with Intent¬†come from a visit to Sapa in northern Vietnam; what a gorgeous area!
    • In the abstractlives‘ blog entry, we get to see some rather cool skies in various locations!
    • This week’s entry in Roaming Urban Gypsy takes us to the park for some fantastic skylines!
    • This week¬†Land of Images¬†brings us a sky from one of my favorite islands: Skye!
    • Sunshine’s Snapshots¬†shares some big puffy clouds on a beautiful day in Cohoes!
    • Nicole’s entry in her blog,¬†Doar Nicole, has great photographs, with the reflection of the sky in a street puddle making me say WOW!
    • This week, Susan’s post in¬†Musin’ with Susan¬†goes back to the Solar Eclipse with a perfect capture!
    • This week in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, we get to see a cloud that is lit by the setting Sun in stunning fashion!
    • Another gorgeous sunset is on display in layue’s everyday photo blog, where the beach provides a perfect location!
    • Bushboy shows us some soaring clouds in his post in¬†Bushboy’s World, which have an added feature: an eagle!
    • Klara gives us a great post in Sliku svoju ljubim II, with a bright sunny day, trees and people enjoying their time outdoors!
    • Andrea’s post in ARHtistic license takes us over the canal!
    • In Urban Liaisons¬†we get to reach for the sky! ¬†At least, the rusty tower gets to reach for us!
    • Bullyboy shows us the color of a wonderful variety of skies in¬†Travel387; then he adds a second entry in Travel387 with silhouettes and skylines!
    • Ron went multi-challenge in his fantastic post in Progressing into Solitude with a really cool set of images!
    • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects tells us about opening up ourselves to forgiveness, as we’d open ourselves to the sky! ¬†Beautifully written!
    • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, the stairs reach up to the sky, but not far enough to find some cool breezes!
    • Lisa’s post in A Day In The Life celebrates the various moods that are brought by the sky in a series of beautiful photos!
    • In Bajezen, we get treated to another beautiful variety of skies!
    • Miriam had a wonderful time camping on the banks of the Campaspie river, as you can see in Out an’ About, where the skies were magical!
    • Kh√ľrt created another fantastic post in Island in the Net, where he shows a fantastic blood red sky!
    • Ron captured some rather cool skies in his blog, Locating Frankenstein’s Brain, which is an awesome blog!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Round the Bend

Perfect day on the river

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Rounded.  This topic gave me some immediate ideas, as Nature is full of rounded features.

The image that I decided on for this post is one from last weekend’s outing to Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Massachusetts. ¬†It was one of those fantastic days that don’t occur often in Autumn, although we have had an abundance of them this year! The Nashua river runs through Oxbow, as it meanders gently through a rather swampy area to create a wonderful wetlands location for birds, turtles and other animals.

Take a look back toward the light through trees, our eyes follow the river ’round the bend…

Round the Bend

As you can tell, the weather was perfect!  A glassy surface reflects the trees on the opposite bank, as we can imagine gliding down the river in harmony with Nature.

Have a wonderful day!

Morning Glow

Rising Fire

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow. ¬†Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

Of course, a lot of my Yoga Tree images are in this category, as most were captured around sunrise with the Sun coming up behind the wondrous tree.¬† So for today, I thought I’d share a different tree.

Here’s something from an early morning start on a golf course…

Rising Fire

The first peek at the Sun rising behind the tree reminds us of its awesome power!

Have a wonderful day!